Pool Cyphaz to Deliver the Best Urban & Hip-Hop Entertainment

The Hip-Hop culture in Ghana has always been here, and a lot of guys including me are heavily influenced by it. Hip-Hop is the way we live, and it’s not negative as many portray it. As the Hip-Hop community continues to grow in Kumasi, it has become necessary for the organization of street cyphers to bring enthusiasts together. Hood Cyphaz was a success, hence Pool Cyphaz is envisioned to be even better. A cypher is basically a group of people assembling in one place to participate in freestyle rap sessions.

The event is slated to happen on Dec 30 at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) poolside. A lot of dope emcees are lined up to give you full satisfaction of the art. We’re talking about emcees like BKC Music acts i.e. Kofi Jamar, Obey and Sketchy, Blurr, Ice Box, and a host of others.

The event will be hosted by YFM presenter, Koo Sebor, and it’s been put up together by the All Black crew. Other side attractions involve swimming competition and twerk sessions. The rates for the event are as follows: Advance: 10 cedis, Single: 15 cedis, Double: 25 cedis.

Oseikrom people, come witness heavily talented rappers do endless freestyles full of bars, metaphors, literary devices and  punchlines. Follow @SteezeHub on our various social media platforms for updates on Pool Cyphaz. Track updates using the hashtag #PoolCyphaz17.

Flowking Stone Pulls A Mammoth Crowd to KCM With Oseikrom Shutdown Concert

Kumasi happens to be a city full of music lovers. However, for years now a mainstream artiste native of the Garden City hasn’t headlined a full concert. The rapper, singer and songwriter Flowking Stone gathered confidence to stage a concert dubbed “Oseikrom Shutdown Concert.” Before the event people doubted he could fill up the venue – Kumasi City Mall (KCM). But the “Go Low” hitmaker was able to prove doubters wrong. In a usual fashion, we review the event.

Performances: Upcoming artistes opened the stage up with short performances. Almost every serious upcoming musician was given the opportunity to climb the stage to display his/her talent. The Bantama Kings Club (BKC) guys and Steez Realm acts really moved the crowd with their energy-filled performances.

The “Problem” hitmaker, Guru brought the heat to the stage, further bringing out his NKZ signee Kin Paluta, who was introduced as the future of Kumasi music industry. Epixode busted some freestyles off the top when he quizzed the crowd to spell Flowking, and he’d use each alphabet to form lines live on stage. I had my mouth wide open when Strongman came on stage and the crowd couldn’t keep calm for a second, completing his famous lines, and singing along to all songs he performed.

The main action came up when the man of the event climbed up stage with a boxing costume, and introduced himself as the MC from thence. He called the “Gbee Naabu” hitmaker up on stage. Yaa Pono made the audience love him so much they didn’t want him to leave. Then came Stone’s brothers, Okyeame Kwame and Kunta Kinte. From ‘old skuul’ to ‘new skuul’, the artistes excited the crowd so wonderfully, and yeah, it was my first time watching them perform “Ksi Boys” live. Okyeame did an awesome thing by rapping to the audience’s handclap. Teephlow performed his hit songs, and brilliantly taught the audience to sing along a song which features Stone off the “Phlowducation EP.”

In all, I’d say performances witnessed would give a typical music lover satisfaction, but leave him/her a desire for more.

Stage, Lights and Sound: The stage was well mounted, and was fairly wide. It was clearly strong, as some dancers stomped their feet hard on the stage but didn’t give any sign of breakage. The lights were bright, well enough to see the crowd, and whoever was on stage. Good execution for the lighting! Spending most of my time backstage, I almost thought the sound was trash till I struggled to enter the crowd session and realized the sound was actually okay. There were technical hitches that wouldn’t let the event flow smoothly. It was the major down of the event, as it kept the background organizers very busy.

Although they’ve worked throughout the Christmas festivities, the MCs saw to it that the audience coming out to show support was not wasted. El Presidente and a host of others were on fire last Saturday. As usual, the DJs were unstoppable from doing what they do best.

Timing: Knowing well that the event wouldn’t be able to hold till daybreak, the event which performances started at 9:30 pm didn’t start early enough. There was a tall list of performers, so it’d have been better if it started earlier. The show had to end abruptly when there were a number of artistes backstage who had not performed.

Flowking Stone received the love he wanted, and was successfully able to hold a concert of his own, with the help of Bie Gya Bitters, Special Ice Mineral Water, RentAir, Zoomlion, Indomie, Icy Cup, etc. We only look up to the next great thing Flowking has for the garden city.

 

Photo credit: @twinsdntbeg @swagofafricanews  

Photos: Strongman, Okyeame Kwame, Guru & More Excite Fans At Flowking Stone’s “Oseikrom Shutdown” Concert

Photos: Strongman, Okyeame Kwame, Guru & More Excite Fans At Flowking Stone’s “Oseikrom Shutdown” Concert

On the night of Saturday, Dec 23, 2017, a significant percentage of the youth of Oseikrom were at the Kumasi City Mall to witness Flowking Stone’s Oseikrom Shutdown concert. The venue was so full that people were seen all around Asokwa like it was daytime. A great deal of performers were present, from the uprising acts; Amerado, BKC boys, Steez Realm acts, Nana B, Braa Benk, Ratty, just to mention a few. Guru, Okyeame Kwame, Teephlow, Strongman, Cabum, Epixode, and a lot more were also present to make the programme lively. Check out photos from the event below:

Photo credit: @swagofafricanews @twinsdntbeg

Thousands Fill Up Baba Yara Sports Stadium For DJ Slim Invasion; A Review

It’s very rare to see a disc jockey being celebrated in Ghana, lest to even think of staging an event, especially in Kumasi where event organization has become a hard nut to crack this year. The low patronage of events in 2017 in the garden city didn’t stop the Supreme Bigger Figure, DJ Slim from having the guts of staging an event— an event which blends A-list musicians with the upcoming. 17th December, 2017 will be a date written in the history books as DJ Slim invaded the city, filling up the Baba Yara Sports Stadium with a turn-up of thousands of people. The headline sponsors, Bie Gya Bitters did an excellent work, together with all the other sponsors and supporters. The Steeze Hub team was present to cover the event, and we bring you a detailed review of how the event went down.

Timing: Although it was inscribed boldly on all the flyers that the event was to commence at 6 p.m., even a newborn could tell that it was just a formality. The culture of Ghanaians, hence the Kumasi audience is to arrive late for a concert. If the time for the event is written as 6 p.m., they read it as 9 p.m. However, the organizers were able to set the place up before 8 p.m With a line-up of star-studded performances, the event wasn’t expected to take a couple of hours to end. The people were entertained and kept on their feet till 4:50 a.m when the curtains were closed on the event.

Performances: DJ Slim is known to be a huge force that brings artistes into the limelight. So for him to put up a concert, it made sense that he made the platform an avenue for the upcoming musicians to exhibit their talent to the thousands that had gathered. The stage was opened by hardworking rising acts such as Bantama Kings Club (BKC) artistes Kofi Jamar, Obey and Sketchy, also Boss Bouncy and Slim Biggie YO, Hotboy DNA, Ratty, Amerado, Braa Benk, Ayesem, Lord Paper, and a host of others. These great musicians paved the way for mainstream acts who made sure the people were entertained to full satisfaction, till the list was exhausted.

Ko-Jo Cue and Shaker brought the heat when they performed their solo songs. Eno Barony climbed the stage with Master Garzy and some sexy dancers who made a lucky guy have a memorable night when they ‘twerked’ on him. Arguably, the one who holds Kumasi music down currently, Flowking Stone came on stage, and proved why he’s a wordsmith and a beast on the mic. He surprised us when he brought along his brother Kunta Kinte. It was a pleasure to witness them perform “Simple” together. He ended by calling out LJ who proved his tongue-twisting abilities and gave the Hip-Hop heads a refreshing moment with his “5th August” track.

The ‘outernational’ guy as he refers himself, Mr Eazi then came through to set the place ablaze with bangers upon bangers. Yaa Pono who I thought would be the last performer delivered as always. He happens to be a frequent collaborator of DJ Slim, so the connection is that deep. Hits after hits, the “Gbee Naabu” hitmaker performed till Slim joined him on stage. The biggest surprise of the night came when Gemini brought out Edem, and together they gave us a special delivery. When we thought all had ended, the ranger, Joey B was called up on stage. Beezy is known for not walking alone, thus he came with Darkovibes, and they sealed the bag of performances excellently.

Stage, Lights and Sound: The stage was large enough to accommodate the musicians, dancers, and whoever they came with. The lights provided were appreciably bright that even when our camera batteries ran out and the flash lights couldn’t function, we were able to capture the moments successfully. The sound was good enough that the audience at the rare could appreciate it. At a point, I stood at a section and I couldn’t bare the vibrations from the sound. Then I realized the place was designated for people to not stand there. At a point there were some technical hitches that put a pause to the programme but it was resolved immediately. However, I can’t give a complete account of the sound in general, because I was mostly at the stage area.

MCing and Djing: The MCs for the night, El Presidente, Kwame Scientific and Papjay007 did a marvelous job. It’s no joke engaging an audience for that long. El Presidente saved the show by quizzing the audience with an accapella of popular songs when there were technical hitches.

In between the performances, DJ Slim took over the turntables where he delivered a Hip-Hop session, and claimed his throne. DJ Aroma was exceptional that night. The gifted DJ could play an old gospel song and follow it up with a Hiplife song and still excite the crowd. The veteran, DJ Chiefaro also delivered satisfactorily.

We had great show. One that hasn’t been witnessed for a long time. DJ Slim continues to reign supreme. A big thank you to him and Bie Gya Bitters for staging a successful concert for the people of Kumasi. Merry Christmas!        

Words by Joseph Aqweci Ofori

Photos: Mr Eazi, Yaa Pono, Joey B & Many Others Shut Down “DJ Slim Invasion 17”

DJ Slim invaded Kumasi with a tall list of musicians both mainstream and upcoming. The event which was held at Baba Yara Sports Stadium saw a turn-up of thousands of people. DJ Slim is known to be a huge force that brings artistes into the limelight. So for him to put up a concert, it made sense that he made the platform an avenue for the upcoming musicians to exhibit their talent to the thousands that had gathered. The stage was opened by hardworking rising acts such as Bantama Kings Club (BKC) artistes Kofi Jamar, Obey and Sketchy, also Boss Bouncy and Slim Biggie YO, Hotboy DNA, Ratty, Amerado, Braa Benk, Ayesem, Lord Paper, and a host of others. The place was turned up to a thousand degrees when artistes including Flowking Stone, Mr Eazi, Yaa Pono, Gemini, Edem, Eno, Cabum, Ko-Jo Cue, Shaker, Joey B and Darkovibes set the place ablaze with their performances. Steeze Hub was there to capture the moments. Enjoy…

 

Photo credit: Network Ghana (IG: @network_ghana)

 

 

DJ Slim Invades Kumasi With the Concert of the Year

DJ Slim also referred to as the Supreme Bigger Figure in association with Bie Gya bitters are set to give Kumasi an unforgettable treat with a concert dubbed “DJ Slim Invasion.” It’s December, and as expected there’s a line-up of activities to amuse the public. Award-winning disc jockey and presenter of Dryve Tyme on Y102.5 FM, Kumasi, DJ Slim brings A-list musicians all over Ghana to Kumasi. The concert which is assured of giving the people total enjoyment will be held at Baba Yara Sports Stadium in Kumasi on Friday, 15th December, 2017, starting at 6 p.m.

Currently there are more than 50 artistes billed to perform, with the headline artistes being Yaa Pono & The Uptown Energy Family, Flowking Stone, Cabum, King Promise, Ko-Jo Cue, Lil Shaker, Eno, Joey B, Strongman, Bra Benk, NT4, Willie Maame, Koo Ntakra, Opanka, Ayesem, among others. The night will never be a bore looking at the list of DJs to keep you up on your feet throughout the night. Mark this date on your calendar, and make it a point to be part of this historical moment. And guess what? The event is absolutely FREE. What more could you ask for? For more updates on DJ Slim Invasion, follow our social media timelines, and check out the hashtag #DJSlimInvasion17

Steeze Hub Presents “December Steeze”, A Competition to Promote Kumasi-Based Artistes

December is here, and Steeze Hub has a lot of goodies for both musicians and our audience. December Steeze happens to be one of them. The initiative is aimed at promoting artistes based in Kumasi. Kumasi, because the founder of Steeze Hub, Joseph Aqweci Ofori hails from Kumasi and currently resides there. Hence his decision to start with his own city. However, subsequent similar initiatives will be targeted across Ghana.

As at now, 4 songs have been selected to enter into a competition of gaining views. From 14th December to 28th December, the song with the highest number of views/hits/clicks becomes the winner which will be announced on 29th December, 2017.

The winner earns a one-week free social media promo, including the pacakges, WhatsApp link sharing (to about 100 groups), Facebook and Instagram sponsored boost for a week, Twitter publicity, sharing of the link each day on the various platforms, and many more.

Support your favourite artiste by opening the link attached. May the best person win.
1. Sika Pelli – True Love (Prod. by Apya) >> VOTE
2. Cwesi – Why (Prod. by Apya) >> VOTE
3. J-OE Levelz – Unorthodox (Prod. by Robot Orchestra) >> VOTE
4. Frederick Marioking – Wogyegye Me (Ft. Ray Joe & Po Mulla) (Prod. by Ray Joe) >> VOTE
Thanks.

Photos: Ko-Jo Cue, Shaker & Other Stars Thrill Fans at “Pen & Paper” Album Concert

On Saturday, October 21, the BBnZ Live rappers, Ko-Jo Cue and Shaker staged a historical concert at Alliance Francaise. Releasing an album and having an album concert on the same day is something we don’t often see in Ghana. The love showed by fans for these artistes is exceptional. The 13-track “Pen & Paper” album was performed entirely on stage, with the featured artistes representing. Other artistes who thrilled fans included Pappy Kojo, KiDi, Kwame Eugene, B4Bonah, Magnom, Gemini, Darkovibes, Kiddblack, Cina Soul, and a lot more. The MC for the night was Kojo Manuel. One intriguing experience was when DJ Putin and DJ Lord had a live DJ battle. Check out photo highlights from the event below:

KiDi
Kwesi Arthur
L-R: Ko-Jo Cue, Shaker & Magnom
Pappy Kojo

Photo credit: FlyNimaBoy

Photos+Video: President Akufo-Addo, Tourism Minister, Music Legends & Others Pay Paapa Yankson the Last Respect

Ghanaian highlife music legend, Paapa Yankson was given a state burial service at the Statehouse in Accra, with President Nana Akufo-Addo in attendance.

The 73-year old who had been sick for quite a while passed on in his sleep at his Dansoman residence couple of weeks back.

The Late Paapa Yankson was regarded at the 2017 Ghana Music Awards whiles on his wheelchair and guaranteed to release an album until his demise.

Likewise present at the burial service was the Minister of Creative Arts, Madam Catherine Afeku, who read a tribute about the fallen oak tree.

The bereaved family of the late Paapa Yankson expressed gratitude toward the President and the Creative Arts Minister for fulfilling their promises as they paid their last respect.

His well known songs included “Wiase Mu Nsem”, “Show Your Love”, “Wo Yere Anaa Wo Maame”, and “Tena Menkyen.”

Video credit: GhanaPoliticsOnline. Photo credit: AmeyawDebrah.com

Check out some hit singles from the late Paapa Yankson:

Read Paapa Yankson’s Biography

Ko-Jo Cue & Shaker To Launch “Pen & Paper” Album With Concert This Saturday

BBnZ Live acts Ko-Jo Cue and Shaker have joined efforts, talent, creativity and everything in between to produce a full body of work for Hip-Hop enthusiasts in Ghana and around the world. Shaker who has been singing a lot lately, making hits such as “M’adakraa”, and gaining the title King Hook was influenced by his label mate Ko-Jo Cue to take it back to the days of rapping. Together, the two rap beasts have manufactured a 12-track album, with the title “Pen & Paper.”

When they dropped the first single off the project, thus the track titled “Pen & Paper”, social media went wild, in reaction to the brilliance of the video, lyricism and delivery displayed on it. It even got wilder when fans realized they’re getting a full body of work from the artistes. Speaking in an interview on Pulse Chat, the Oseikrom president, Ko-Jo disclosed that the title was inspired by the fact that before writing a rap song, you have to write the bars down using pen and paper. The album features “Odo” hitmaker KiDi, “Grind Day” crooner Kwesi Arthur, “My Baby” hitmaker Magnom, and Rumor, formerly of Skillions Records.

The album is currently up for pre-order for 10 cedis on aftownmusic.com and will be available for purchase on Saturday, 21st October, 2017. On the same day, that’s Saturday night, there’ll be a concert to officially launch the album at Alliance Francaise. Last year, the “Lavender” hitmaker Ko-Jo Cue staged a private concert dubbed “Cue for President” which was massively successful. We expect this year’s to be better and a ‘lituation’ situation.

The creative artistes will perform for the first time songs on the album, plus other hit songs of theirs. Other guests which shall be performing include the artistes featured on the album mentioned above. Also performing are Cina Soul, Kuami Eugene, B4Bonah, Gemini, Dope Nation, and a lot more surprise artistes. The event starts at 7 pm, and the rate is an affordable 30 cedis and 15 cedis for Alliance Francaise students. Tickets will be sold at the gate.

So mark your calendar and gear up to be thrilled come Saturday with an intriguing experience. Remember to come with a friend.

To pre-order the album, click here